It's been five months since baby #3 came into the world. We've
had our good moments (big brothers fawning and cooing over baby
sister), bad (evening meltdowns, sometimes Mommy included), and
ugly (how many days have I been wearing this shirt again?).
When people ask how it's going or what it's like, I usually gush
about how magical it is to have a newborn again. And it is. I know
by now how quickly this baby stage goes, that by the time you're
caught up on sleep and ready to enjoy it, it's gone. So every
bleary-eyed morning, I remind myself to enjoy every moment, every
wide-eyed stare, every raspberry blown, every infant-sized, breathy
But let's be honest. This three-kid thing is no walk in the
park. It's simple math; we're outnumbered. I can see why three
seems to be the magic number that gets city folks running for the
hills (Vernon, Clarendon, and the like). At least in the 'burbs
there's more space in the house for Mom to hide the
kids to play.
But something tells me that suburbia doesn't cure sibling
rivalry and the logistical hiccups that come with having three in
tow. So what does? What soothes the savage beast of jealousy in a
youngest child-turned-middle child? What reminds you that your
oldest is still a kid and needs attention and yet needs his own
space and time to be alone? And what about dinner - how does that
manage to get taken care of every day? (That last one's a
So if you're a parent of three or more, I'm soliciting any
advice you might have for easing the transition from two to three,
keeping your older children entertained, loved, and happy (and
fed), and raising a big family in the city. Share your stories,
tips and tricks; I'm all ears. Now if you'll excuse me, I hear
evidence of a friendly game of Candyland gone awry.
Selena Kohng is a mom of two living in Sauganash.
See more of Selena's stories here.
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